The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation

The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation

Was he New York City's last pirate...or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, port by port--for fans of Gangs of New York and Boardwalk Empire. Albert Hicks was a feared, shadowy figure of the New York underworld in the mid-1800s. Handsome and charismatic, he was known to frequent the dive bars and gin jo Was he New York City's last pirate...or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legen...

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Title:The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation
Author:Rich Cohen
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399589929
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation Reviews

  • Debra
    Oct 16, 2019
    True crime that reads as easily as a novel. Perfect for Caleb Carr fans. ...
  • Karen & Gerard
    Jun 10, 2019
    The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen tells you the story of Albert Hicks aka The Last Pirate. You will have to read the book to find out why this is so. You go back to the 1880s in this book which I found interesting. The writer did his homework in making me really get the feel wh...
  • Andrew
    Mar 27, 2019
    Cohen is one of my favorite authors-fiction or non-fiction. The Last Pirate of New York is one of his best books and that is high praise. The story of the first(1860) New York Gangster?Albert Hicks?the link between Captain Kidd and John Gotti-this book is both a fascinating history...
  • jesse r lewis
    Apr 18, 2019
    Thoroughly enjoyed Rich Cohen's "The Avengers" and "Tough Jews," and this book makes three great works of his. This is the true story of Albert Hicks - a career criminal who hired on as a seaman on a sailing vessel with the intention of robbing it and slipping back into the anonymity o...
  • Robert Sheard
    Jul 24, 2019
    The true crime story is compelling, especially Hicks's confession. But he wasn't exactly what we think of when we hear "pirate," and the link to more modern gangsters is tenuous at best. So D+ for the marketing, but B+ for the story itself. ...
  • Krisette Spangler
    Jul 16, 2019
    I would compare this novel to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. The writing is great, but the story is extremely grisly. I would only recommend this one to those who really enjoy reading about serial killers. ...
  • Mel
    Jul 20, 2019
    This was a fascinating book about Albert Hicks, a river pirate in 1860s New York. It is filled with a lot of fascinating tidbits of info, and also corrects some of the facts Herbert Asbury got wrong about him in his book Gangs of New York. If you're interested in true crime from th...
  • Armand Rosamilia
    Sep 14, 2019
    Albert Hicks is the nearly forgotten missing link between the days of pirates and gangsters, and this well-researched book tells not only his story but gives you a feel for the lawless times in which he roamed and pillaged. ...
  • Alysson
    Jul 12, 2019
    Before there were gangsters, there were pirates. This book is about Albert Hicks, the last man to be publicly executed in New York City and one of the last to be convicted for piracy. This book was excellent! If you are a history fan, definitely pick this up. It reads very much like a ...
  • Tom
    Aug 07, 2019
    Well, if you want to read about a crime in the mid-nineteenth century and the police cracking the case then maybe this is for you. I was really looking forward to learning how a single pirate gave birth to a gangster nation. This was never convincingly presented. ...
  • Jenny
    Mar 28, 2019
    Incredibly well-written and engaging. Most people don?t know piracy was still happening in the US this late into the 19th century. The author paints a vivid picture of the life and crimes of a notorious New York-based pirate. Advance copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an...
  • Amanda
    Jul 08, 2019
    This is a book with an intriguing premise. The delivery is hindered by the structure of the story as well as the author?s side-along commentary which I personally didn?t care for. (In the middle of explaining the antihero?s movements, he interjects, ?A pirate at forty is like a...
  • Bandit
    Mar 24, 2019
    Once upon a time New York was a land of gangsters and before that?gasp?pirates. Much as I loathe the city, I love a good New York story and this one had a freaking pirate, how do you pass that up? Well, you don?t. You read it and find out all about the man who went by alias Willi...
  • Kristin
    Jun 05, 2019
    Harold Schecter's short, The Pirate tells the whole story of Albert Hicks in 67 pages and felt like it didn't leave much left on the cutting room floor; this book proves it. Hick's crime and trial don't have really any connection to the 'birth of the Gangster Nation' promised in the ti...
  • Alex
    Sep 18, 2019
    A crime story set in 1860 New York starring Albert Hicks, pirate and precursor to gangsters notorious today. His arrest after a triple murder at sea ended his 20-year career as an adventurer, sailor, robber, and murderer. It's fascinating in his historical detail and its depiction of w...
  • Heidi The Reader
    May 29, 2019
    A fantastic and non-fiction account of Albert Hicks, the last man to be publicly executed in New York City and also one of the last to be tried and convicted for piracy. For fans of history, this is a must-read. "Albert Hicks is the closest thing the New York underworld has to a Cai...
  • Casey Wheeler
    May 25, 2019
    The book was well written and researched. The story line about Albert Hicks, a notorious killer and so called pirate, was well done. The author does a good job on the killer and the ghost ship, but greatly lacking on how this created the birth of a gangster nation. I also found the fre...
  • Maranda
    May 14, 2019
    This was not my subject nor was the narrative to my liking; skimmed the pages. I know that many have enjoyed this and I picked this up wanting to experience a Rich Cohen novel. If you like a tale of gruesome killings perhaps this would be for you. "A copy of this book was provided by R...
  • Mitch Karunaratne
    Sep 18, 2019
    Fascinating story of Albert Hick- his crimes, his confession & death. It was fascinating, not just the seedy underbelly of nineteenth century New York, but also the relationships developing between criminals, the law & the press. Albert Hick's story is said to be the one that r...
  • Xstch3
    May 20, 2019
    Very well written book! Lots of history, very interesting, captivating true story. 4 1/2 stars! ...
  • Faith
    Aug 14, 2019
    In 1860, a blood spattered ship was found floating off the coast of New York. The only sign of its crew was a few severed fingers. Albert Hicks was arrested, tried and convicted of piracy. He had murdered and robbed the three-man crew and was hung in the last public execution in New Yo...
  • Elise Wright
    May 20, 2019
    I received this in a Goodreads giveaway. I loved this a lot and I want more! I will be reading more by Rich Cohen I loved the way it was written. I had never heard of Albert Hicks prior to this but he truly was the last pirate before everything changed with the world and law enforceme...
  • Diogenes
    Jul 31, 2019
    Astonishing account of a thief and murderer of as many as a hundred people, hanged as a pirate. Sadly, the book repeats itself so often that it almost tells the tale twice, subtracting from what might have been outstanding if half the length. The title and introduction promise a sag...
  • Out of the Bex
    Jul 02, 2019
    A must-read for fans of true crime, history, and books set in New York City. The bloody and true story of Albert Hicks is one hell of a ride. Better still, it is told perfectly in this rendition by author Rich Cohen. The Last Pirate of New York is the kind of story that so enthr...
  • Chris Cole
    Sep 17, 2019
    I?d never even heard of Albert Hicks, but his story is fascinating. New York?s last pirate and first gangster. I wouldn?t have wanted to wake up with him standing over me, that?s for sure. I particularly enjoyed the adventure section on his confession, and the fantastic detail ...
  • Dave Taylor
    Jul 10, 2019
    Very interesting historical drama, though I think Cohen makes two mistakes in the book that I didn't enjoy: 1. Sporadically weaves in dramatized prose that feels odd (the ending is particularly weird) and 2. He fails to label a single photograph, making me wonder why they were in the b...
  • Brandon Cronk
    Jun 18, 2019
    The story of Albert Hicks was interesting and it was presented in a way that was easy to follow along. My complaint is that the author spends too much time on some aspects of the story and speeds through others. An example is The Confession, it felt like all of Hicks' history was given...
  • Amy
    Jun 23, 2019
    Not since Erik Larson have I read a nonfiction that reads like fiction. A event that I knew nothing about, Rich Cohen relays the incredible tale of Albert Hicks,-a monster of a man who committed horrible crimes. I wavered between four and five stars.... four stars because it was to sho...
  • Anna
    Jun 03, 2019
    The Last Pirate of New York was a really fun book to read. The author wrote it not in the style of a biography, but more like a story, following Hicks through his final crime. Though I was expecting more of a biography style book, I found myself to enjoy the book greatly. I was surpris...
  • Eric Beheler
    Sep 06, 2019
    I wasn't aware it was true crime. Not really my jam The writing was really superb, but like I said just not my thing.? ...